Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Civil War Cannon and the Tank Farm

Bridgeport Leader
October 15, 1942

Oldest Civil War Cannon Goes Army Way

The employees of the Illinois Pipeline Company had added an interest in George Field now that their Civil War cannon, that for years has graced a spot of importance at the pump station, is now a voluntary member of the Army Air Forces Advanced Flying School. The donation of the field piece is only a portion of the cooperative spirit of the Illinois Pipeline and other oil interests in the territory.

The Cannon was received here in 1917 to replace the Cannon of the same type that was destroyed in firing an over charge a short while before. The Cannon was last fired Armistice Day, November 11, 1918.

The company formerly used cannons in fighting tank fires. When the tank became ignited and all hopes of halting the claims were lost the top seam of the lower ring would be pierced by the cannon shot in order to permit the oil to flow into the dykes. This eliminated the danger of boiling and exploding action.

The old Cannon, dated prior to the Civil War, was delivered to George Field by the Illinois Pipeline Company trucks to be salvaged. It is understood that since Friday, October 16 is Visitors Day at George Field, the cannon will be on display along with their other modern machines and guns for the public to see.

Don't forget the Civil War Round Table meeting Thursday night 7:00 pm at the Museum on the Square July 25th